Wednesday March 10th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO —- Iowa WBB — Big Ten Tournament vs. Purdue — 7:30
DES MOINES — Ballard closed the first quarter on a 21-4 run and never looked back as the top-ranked Bombers downed 9th-ranked Clear Lake 68-45 in the Class 3A quarterfinal round of the boys state basketball tournament, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley says Ballard’s speed was just too much for the Lions.
Ainley says despite the loss, his team can be proud of their effort this season.
Ainley praised the four seniors on his club that helped the Lions qualify for the state tournament two of the last three years after Clear Lake had a 40-year drought from appearing at the boys state basketball tournament.
Carson Toebe led the Lions with 22 points while Andrew Formanek added 10 as Clear Lake ends their season with a record of 22-3. Ballard advances to Thursday afternoon’s semifinal round where they will face Assumption of Davenport, who beat Dallas Center-Grimes 56-42.
— Tuesday’s other 3A quarterfinals
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 38, Western Dubuque 37 (OT)
Pella 59, Monticello 46
— Tuesday’s 2A quarterfinals
Des Moines Christian 58, Dyersville Beckman 38
Western Christian of Hull 71, Camanche 55
— 4A quarterfinals today
10:00 — Johnston vs. Dowling West Des Moines
12:00 — Cedar Falls vs. Dubuque Senior
2:00 — Ames vs. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln
4:00 — Waukee vs. Pleasant Valley
— 1A semifinals tonight
6:00 — North Linn vs. Martensdale-St. Marys
8:00 — Grand View Christian vs. Montezuma
IOWA CITY — Iowa center Luka Garza has been looking forward to postseason basketball since the Hawkeyes lost in overtime to Tennessee in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The 5th-ranked Hawkeyes are the third seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament. Last season was shut down as the Hawkeyes were preparing for the conference tournament in Indianapolis.
The Hawkeyes finished the regular season 20-7 and will play in a quarterfinal round game Friday night.
Garza believes the Hawkeyes are nearly a lock for a two-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Garza believes the Hawkeyes have a strong tournament resume.
Garza has been named Sporting News National Player of the Year for the second straight season and he has also been named Association Press Big Ten Player of the Year.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Iowa Hawkeye women take the six-seed into tonight’s opener in the Big Ten Tournament against 11th seeded Purdue. The Hawkeyes enter the postseason with a record of 15-8.
That’s Iowa coach Lisa Bluder who says the Hawkeyes hope to build momentum for the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Purdue 87-81 back in January. The winner advances to take on third seed Rutgers on Thursday. You can hear tonight’s Iowa-Purdue game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at about 7:30.
KANSAS CITY — Iowa State coach Steve Prohm says he is focused on the Big 12 Tournament and not his future as head coach. The Cyclones play seventh seeded Oklahoma tonight in the play-in round in Kansas City after an 0-18 regular season that leaves his future in doubt.
The Cyclones have won four of the last six Big 12 Tournament titles. Two of those were with Prohm as coach.
The Sooners are 14-9 overall after going 9-8 in the Big 12. Tip off tonight is at 8:30pm in the T-Mobile Center.
MASON CITY — NIACC sophomore guard McKelary Robertson has been named as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference’s Division II men’s basketball player of the week. The six-foot guard from Woodbury Minnesota scored 56 points in NIACC’s wins over Ellsworth and Northeast last week. Robertson is NIACC’s first men’s basketball player to earn conference player of the week honors since Quentin Hardict won the award for the week of February 3rd through the 9th. NIACC is 3-12 overall and in the conference and will host Kirkwood tonight.
MASON CITY — NIACC’s Christian Minto has been selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference wrestler of the week. The sophomore from Cape Coral Florida claimed his second district title at 165 pounds on Sunday, being the first NIACC wrestler to win back-to-back district titles since NIACC resumed the wrestling program in 2008. Minto beat Neal Larsen of Indian Hills 21-2 in the district title match.